Clanton Moves Mike Eddy For Fifth In a Row In ASA Cedar Rapids, IA (May 19, 2002) - Joey Clanton extended his record-setting streak of wins to start an ASA Racing Series season to five straight in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 presented by STP, ...
Clanton Moves Mike Eddy For Fifth In a Row In ASA
Cedar Rapids, IA (May 19, 2002) - Joey Clanton extended his record-setting streak of wins to start an ASA Racing Series season to five straight in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 presented by STP, but not after a controversial late-race incident with veteran Mike Eddy. Ironically it was Eddy's record of three consecutive victories to start a season that Clanton broke on May 6 at Pensacola, Florida.
Both drivers were consistently charging through the field throughout the event. Eddy, starting 14th, secured the lead from pole-sitter Gary St. Amant on lap 49. Following a series of pit stops that saw local favorite Dudley Fleck lead briefly, Clanton took over the top position on lap 125. He held it until a slip in turn two allowed Mike Eddy to pass underneath and grab the point on lap 211.
The defining moment came on lap 284 when Clanton, chasing Eddy, bumped the seven-time ASA National Champion in the fourth turn of the .50-mile semi-banked oval. Eddy became loose, dropped high out of the groove and Clanton passed him for the lead and eventual win.
"To me it seemed as if Mike (Eddy) may have brake checked me and I couldn't help the contact," said Clanton, with the Hawkeye Downs faithful expressing their disapproval. "It was hard racing and with Mike Eddy he would have done the same to me."
Eddy in his 2002 ASA debut suggested to ASA Officials that they "send me the check".
The race saw 9 cautions for 68 laps with rookie Kyle Busch joining Clanton, Eddy, St. Amant, and Dudley Fleck swapping race leadership.
Mike Garvey and Kevin Cywinski followed Clanton on the podium with fellow Columbus, Ohio drivers Robbie Pyle and Gary St. Amant rounding out the top five finishers.
The 2002 ASA Racing Series moves to Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan for the Tires.com 300 presented by BFGoodrich Tires on Saturday, June 1 at 9 p.m. (Eastern). The race will be telecast on a same day tape-delay basis on TNN (The National Network) Sports at midnight (Eastern).